Research and information

A collection of current knowledge about the issue of missing as well as our research reports, projects, collaborations and events.  

Understanding the reasons why people go missing and the impact on families left behind enables Missing People and our partners to provide better services.

Missing People’s research team conducts research and evaluation projects on a range of topics, and seeks to share the findings through these web pages. 

The Policy and Research team also provides a hub of information about missing, advocates for change through campaigns and policy work, and monitors and evaluates the charity's impact.

Missing News

The Policy and Research team circulates a regular newsletter, Missing News, containing up to date information about research, policy, events and sector developments. To sign up to Missing News, or to read previous editions, click here.

Regional patterns of people going missing in the UK

A summary of regional data, from a variety of sources, showing how many people go missing from each region of the UK. Click here or on the title above to download the Information Sheet as a PDF.

This information sheet is designed for anyone who wishes to find as focused and up to date an estimate as possible of missing people within a certain area of the UK.

The regional statistics are presented, area by area, using data from The Missing Persons Bureau Annual Data Reports from 2009-10 to 2014-15. These statistics, which are given in graph form, are supplemented by numbers of missing people given in newspaper articles (complete with link to newspaper) on the web for a particular area or city. Often these numbers were found out in a freedom of information request by the journalist.

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